The Meetings on the Bridge programme, part of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival, is offering some exciting opportunities for emerging filmmakers.
The application deadline for the Film Development Workshop, to be held April 15–16, 2015, has been extended to Thursday, January 15. The workshop will train directors, screenwriters and producers how to prepare for, and present, a pitch, after which they will be given the opportunity to pitch their feature-length fiction (in genres spanning horror, fantasy or comedy) or documentary projects.
This year, the participants will also be given the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with representatives from international production, distribution, fund, market and broadcasting corporations. At the end of the workshop, four awards will be given out: the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Support Award of $10,000, the Melodika Sound Post-Production Award, the CNC (French National Cinema Centre) Support Award of €10,000 and the MFI (Mediterranean Film Institute) Screenwriting Workshop Award.
The deadline for the Work in Progress Workshop is Monday, March 2. The workshop aims to create opportunities for projects to find the necessary support to complete the production process. The directors and producers selected to participate will present at events open only to industry professionals (distributors, festival or fund directors, TV channel representatives) as part of the workshop. At the end, films selected by the international jury will be eligible to receive either the Anadolu Efes Award of $10,000, the inaugural Color-ist Award, awarded for best colour and online editing, or the Başka Sinema Award, which will see the winning film be screened at Başka Sinemas.